E-Serials Collection Management

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This informative volume gives you an up-close look at the increasingly important role that electronic serials play in the overall library collection, today and in the future. It addresses many of the themes, problems, and questions raised by this fast-evolving medium, including e-journal publishing issues, troubleshooting, and accreditation issues, as well as e-reserves, e-books, and more. In E-Serials Collection Management: Transitions, Trends, and Technicalities, library professionals from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia discuss these issues, the problems they have faced, and the solutions they have developed for them.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: David Brennan, BA, MLS (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary)
Description: This book covers a number of issues related to the management of electronic serials collections, primarily from an academic library perspective.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an overview of "many of the themes, problems, and questions raised by this newly ubiquitous medium [electronic serials]." These objectives are worthy, particularly for smaller academic libraries that are now focusing their attention on providing access to electronic resources. This book meets those objectives.
Audience: The book is written for the practitioner, but it is equally useful for the student, and may indeed be a good choice for a course textbook. The chapters on "Using a subscription agent for electronic journals" (Ch. 2) and "Consortia and electronic journals" (Ch. 5) would be particularly suited for students, while less useful for those already in the field. The authors bring a wide range of appropriate experience to their respective chapters.
Features: The book covers the basics of managing electronic serials collections, from purchasing/access options to collection development and working with usage data. The collection development chapter makes good use of graphics to illustrate survey results. A weakness of the book is the chapter on electronic reserves, which deals with copyright issues in reserve collections. Drawing on a case from an Australian library, the copyright regulations cited differ from those in the U.S. as well as Canada and the U.K. A more general approach to copyright and licensing would have been more effective for different audiences, and indeed is a major component of the management of all electronic collections.
Assessment: This is a good introduction to the management issues involved in dealing with electronic serials collections and will be a useful resource to students and staff in libraries seeking ways to better manage their resources.
Library Journal
For a brief shining moment, perhaps we all imagined that electronic serials would be the solution to the difficulties of dealing with paper journals: numbering errors, missing issues, claiming, checking in, binding, reshelving, etc. Sadly, in fact, only a few of the old problems seem to have disappeared with the advent of electronic serials, and many new challenges have already begun to plague us: licensing, access, missing content, and more. Electronic serials play an increasingly vital role in library collections, so these challenges will have to be met. Mostly case studies, the chapters in this volume present the experience of librarians who have met and mastered the electronic serials beast. E-reserves and e-books rate a section each. Librarians already dealing with the virtual world of information will recognize many of the difficulties highlighted in these studies. Finding a new solution or two along the way makes the whole thing worth reading. Recommended for academic libraries.-Margaret Sylvia, St. Mary's Univ. Lib., San Antonio Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789017536
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 279
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

  • About the Editor
  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Chapter 1. Current Trends in Electronic Journal Publishing: An Agent’s Unique Insight into Pricing, Licensing, and Technological Aspects Based on Proximity to Publishers and Libraries
  • Introduction
  • Management Challenges Facing Libraries
  • The Requirement of a License
  • Pricing Models
  • Access Technologies
  • Alternative Publishing
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 2. To Use or Not to Use: The Benefits and Challenges of Using a Subscription Agent for Electronic Journals
  • The Benefits of Using a Subscription Agent
  • The Benefits of Using a Vendor/Publisher
  • The Benefits of Using a Third-Party Provider
  • The Challenges of Working with Subscription Agents
  • The Challenges of Working with Vendors/Publishers
  • The Challenges of Working with Third-Party Providers
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 3. Collection Development and Cataloging of Online Materials: What Libraries Are Doing Now
  • Introduction
  • Methodology
  • Results and Analysis
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix
  • Chapter 4. IP Ranges versus Passwords: The Pros, the Cons, and What’s in Between
  • Passwords
  • IP Access
  • IP and Password!
  • Password Advantages
  • Access Through Aggregators
  • Librarians Make a Difference
  • Future of Password and IP Access
  • Chapter 5. Consortia and Electronic Journals: An Overview
  • The Impetus to Cooperate
  • History of Cooperation and Consortia
  • Description of a Consortium: OhioLINK
  • Support for Consortia
  • Consortia: What Works
  • Consortia: E-Journal Problems
  • The Future of Consortial Arrangements
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6. Usage Data: Issues and Challenges for Electronic Resource Collection Management
  • Introduction
  • Guidelines, Standards, and Initiatives Relating to Usage Data
  • Communication Between Libraries and Vendors
  • Can Libraries Collect Their Own Usage Data?
  • Key Use Measures for Vendor Statistics
  • Pitfalls of Usage Data
  • Putting the Data to Work: Using Usage Data in Academic Libraries
  • Collection and Dissemination of Usage Data
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 7. Case Study in Claiming/Troubleshooting E-Journals: UCLA’s Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
  • Background
  • University of California System
  • UCLA’s Library E-Resources Management
  • Organizational Structure for E-Resources Claiming/Troubleshooting
  • Categories of Troubleshooting Issues and Solutions
  • Using the Troubleshooting Screen
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 8. Electronic Reserve: A Future in Transition?
  • Introduction
  • Digitization at Deakin University
  • Copyright
  • General Comments
  • Aggregators
  • Changes in the Conception of a "Reserve" Collection
  • The Future?
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 9. E-Books After the Fall: A New Model
  • Definition
  • Background
  • The Future
  • The New Model
  • Libraries
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 10. Open Access and Retrieval: Liberating the Scholarly Literature
  • Budapest Open Access Initiative
  • New Generation Journals
  • Self-Archiving
  • EPrints
  • Open Archives Initiative
  • Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Self-Archiving
  • "The Future of Ideas"
  • Chapter 11. E-Serials and Regional Accreditation
  • Regional Accreditation’s Perspective on E-Serials
  • Southern Region
  • Western Region
  • Northwest Region
  • New England Region
  • Middle States Region
  • North Central Region
  • How Some Libraries Interpreted and Responded to Standards
  • Unresolved Issues Relating to E-Serials and Accreditation
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 12. Managing E-Resources: A Database Driven Approach
  • Introduction
  • LORA Public Interface
  • LORA Staff Interface
  • Implementation
  • Looking Ahead: Planned Additions
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 13. Developing a Database for E-Journals That Improves Both Access and Management
  • Introduction and History
  • Cataloging Woes
  • The E-Journals Database
  • Conclusion
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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